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6:45 PM ET, August 27, 2010


 Top News: 
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Stephen Strasburg ‘probably’ needs Tommy John surgery, will miss 12 to 18 months  —  Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will “probably” miss at least one year and perhaps the entire 2011 baseball season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.
Associated Press:
Stephen Strasburg has torn ligament … WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg has a torn elbow ligament and will likely have Tommy John surgery, bringing the pitcher's promising rookie season to an abrupt end.  —  Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday an MRI on the right elbow revealed a “significant tear.”
Bill Ladson /
Strasburg has torn elbow ligament  —  Rookie likely to require Tommy John surgery on right arm  —  WASHINGTON — Rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, the Nationals announced in a conference call on Friday.
Bill Ladson /
Straburg likely headed for elbow surgery  —  Phenom has significant tear in ulnar collateral ligament  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg said Friday he was in shock when he learned that he had a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament — an injury that is expected to force …
D.J. Short / HardballTalk:
Stephen Strasburg has significant UCL tear, will likely require Tommy John surgery
Joseph White / Associated Press:
Pujols hits 400th, but Nats top Cards 11-10 in 13
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
White Sox Win Manny Ramirez Claim  —  Multiple teams claimed Manny Ramirez on waivers, but the White Sox won the claim, according to's Jayson Stark (on Twitter).  Stark reports strong indications that the Rays claimed Manny and the Rangers also claimed the 38-year-old, according to's T.R. Sullivan.
Trsullivan / Postcards from Elysian Fields:
Rangers claim Ramirez but another team gets him  —  The Rangers put in a waiver claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez but lost him to another team.  An industry source said it was the White Sox.  —  The Rangers were pushing hard for Ramirez as a right-handed bat and it once again shows …
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Source: White Sox claim Manny Ramirez  —  The Chicago White Sox on Friday were awarded the claim on Manny Ramirez, according to a source monitoring the waiver wire.  —  No National League team put in a claim on the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder.  But two other American League teams claimed Ramirez …
Jay Cohen / Associated Press:
Jackson leads White Sox past Orioles
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Trsullivan / Postcards from Elysian Fields:
Rangers mull Ramirez; not interested in Hawpe
Discussion: True Blue LA and MLB Rumors
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
La Russa, Pujols will appear at Washington rally  —  WASHINGTON  • Cardinals first baseman and three-time NL Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols will be among several honorees at a highly publicized and potentially politically charged Saturday morning rally expected to draw more than 20,000 to The Mall.
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
Minor League Transactions: Aug. 19-25  —  Note that all the draft signings here occurred on the Aug. 16 deadline.  But at the time of our previous Minor League Transactions installment, many of the last-minute deals had not been approved by MLB or relayed to us from its eBIS transactions database.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Steve Melewski
John Lott /
Jays' Snider stays cool while awaiting his chance  —  PHOTOS ( 1 )  —  Toronto Blue Jays player Travis Snider (C) joins kids from Jays Care Rookie League and the Hospital for Sick Children to unveil Jays Care Community Clubhouse at the Rogers Centre.  —  TORONTO — For the third time in four days …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Kelly Johnson Clears Waivers  —  Kelly Johnson cleared waivers and can now be traded to any team, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  However, an Arizona executive told Morosi that it's “unlikely” that the D'Backs make a trade.  Johnson joins teammate Adam LaRoche on MLBTR's list of players to clear waivers.
Associated Press:
Brewers ace Gallardo robbed at gunpoint  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo and a clubhouse attendant were robbed at gunpoint early Friday, hours after the Milwaukee ace pitched in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  —  Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes confirmed that Gallardo …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Manny Ramirez / Yahoo! Sports:
Marlins execs funneled cash to themselves  —  Florida Marlins president David Samson has perfected the art of doublespeak.  Even after the mushroom cloud settled over the disclosure of financial statements that showed he and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria are indeed duplicitous, Samson couldn't help himself.
Discussion: The Big Lead and Athletics Nation
Mark Viera / New York Times:
Yankees' New Boss Determined to Carry On  —  Hank Steinbrenner brought to mind the image of the Boss as he barked at his players to get onto the stage for a news conference.  “Let's go!” he said.  —  Steinbrenner was not directing his major leaguers but rather Hank's Yanks, the 18-and-under team he sponsors.
Discussion: The Captain's Blog
Matt Ehalt / NY Daily News:
Hank Steinbrenner: New York Yankees will be defending World Series title
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Jose Reyes reaggravates injury, Marlins explode for seven runs in sixth, down New York Mets, 11-4  —  New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese ties a career-high with eight strikeouts but is pulled during a Marlins seven-run sixth inning.  Jose Reyes (b.) exits in the second inning due to injury.
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Mets' Jose Reyes (oblique) exits game
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and
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Associated Press:
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